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Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, bleed, call, ministry, Christian, internship, youth pastor, bubble, scripture, naive, Jesus Christ, expectations, David Platt
Has God called you to the ministry? After being raised by Christian parents and attending evangelical churches for 17 years, I repented and trusted in Christ alone for my salvation. A year later, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, poverty, tools, kingdom, Daniel, Joseph, sermon, virtual debate, Republican, Democrat, scientifically oriented society, offense of the cross, raising the dead, good ...
There is a lot of preaching today that does not address the reality of our membership in the kingdom of God. Neither does it address the reality of the “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) that we might be delivered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Os Hillman, Barna Research, trends, faith, work, calling, Christian community, professional, workplace, Jesus, tax collectors, prostitutes, marketplace, killer sheep
This month, a new study came out from Barna Research on trends in faith, work and calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart. The study ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, young, meaning, privilege, importance, calling, qualifications, gravity, people, entrepreneurship, point
“So, you’re going to be a pastor.” Have you heard that before—perhaps from a co-worker, family member or long-time friend? Even more, have you wondered what they mean? What is the underlying meaning of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, resist, James, flesh, temptations, leaders fall, firewall, intimate fellowship, spouse, trust, children, purpose, call, God, example, spiritual sons and daughters
The Bible teaches, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It also tells us to turn away from those who are led by various lusts (see 1 Tim.3:5-6). Many great people in God have fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, pastor, search committee, single-issue pastors, politically ambitious, denominational, predators, sheep, combative, immature, mentally unhealthy, carnal, off-color
You’re on your church’s pastor search committee? Good for you. It’s a difficult task, one that can make or break your church for a long time to come. But this can be one of the finest services you render ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Allison Vesterfelt, Justin Lathrop, discovery, calling, life, chaos, confusion, Rich Young Ruler, passion, selfish, frivolity, change, singing, golf
I spent most of my 20s floundering around, trying to figure out what I was “supposed” to do with my life. Actually, from the outside, it probably didn’t look much like floundering (I went to college, graduate ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Heal Your Servant, David Vigil, conference calls, surprises, pastors, grace, II Corinthians, weakness, transgression, Internet, pornography
Through the ministry of Heal Your Servant, we have four scheduled weekly conference calls. Every call is unique, and most are filled with surprises. Sometimes we will have one person on a call, and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 June 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational ministry, challenge, calling, congruity, time management, options, thankfulness, retreat, time off
Pastor John puts away his tools for the day. His shift at the construction site ends in 10 minutes. Already, he has begun switching gears and thinking through the evening ahead. Tonight is the board meeting, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Steve Murrell, secrets, success, ministry, Ignite 2013, Every Nation ministries, Manila, calling, commitment, community, concentration, honor God, make disciples
What a week it was! Deborah and I attended Ignite 2013 along with over 9000 Filipino students plus hundreds of students and Every Nation campus missionaries from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Matt Maiberger, equip, students, preach, youth pastor, calling, full-time ministry, invest, relationally
When I was 16 years old, I had my first opportunity to preach in a church service. I was nervous as could be. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. For some strange reason, my youth pastor felt it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 February 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Steve Murrell, Charateristics, Leader, Calling, Humility, Integrity, Vision
While reading my Bible recently, I scribbled some notes in my journal. Then I thought that both leaders who read this blog might find these thoughts helpful. So I’m transforming them into this blog, if ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 November 2012 / Evangelism
Tags: intercession, fasting, worship, prayer, Lou Engle, ThCall, TheCall Geneva, Switzerland, national prayer, prayer rally, prayer event, Holy Spirit, IHOP-KC, International House of Prayer in Kansas ...
... D.C., in 2000, and have gathered more than 400,000 people to pray and fast for the U.S.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 December 2011 / Main
Tags: Catch Our Conference Call With Marriage Expert Jimmy Evans
You will want to catch the next Ministry21/Ministry Today conference call tomorrow with pastor, marriage expert and author Jimmy Evans. Join us for an hour of engaging conversation with the senior leader ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 / Main
Tags: What Mystical Longing Calls Us Home for Christmas?
by the late Jamie Buckingham I write this aboard a jet airliner speeding south from one of the nation's greatest northern cities. I am heading home for Christmas. How eager I am to see the face of my wife, ... [ +++ ]
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